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The Scottish Greens will say that climate emergency is the most pressing issue at this election.

At the 2019 General Election campaign launch, the party will underline that the next UK Government will preside over half the time we have left to meet the UN’s decade-long deadline to take action to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Co-leaders Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie will highlight reserved issues which could be vital in securing a Scottish Green New Deal to transform Scotland’s economy and address the urgency of the climate emergency.

These include monetary and energy policy and tariffs.

Speaking ahead of launch, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “There has never been a more important general election. MPs elected next month will preside over half the period we have left to address the Climate Emergency, yet all the establishment parties have yet to commit to the urgent action required.

“The loudest and clearest way to demand climate action is to vote Scottish Greens on December 12.”

Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said: “Our Scottish Green New Deal has already proposed what the Scottish Parliament must be doing now to tackle the climate emergency, but Westminster, too, must step up to the plate.

“A Scottish Green New Deal would be so much easier with the levers over fiscal, economic and monetary policy, air transport, electricity, energy efficiency, registration of land and to transition away from oil and gas, coal, nuclear energy. That’s why we need to push MPs of all parties as hard as we can.”

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